ECO TOURISM

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National Park "Narochansky"
 
National Park Narochansky is the crown jewel of the Belarusian Lake District. Picturesque forest landscapes, beautiful blue lakes and river valleys, meadows and swamps in these places attract many tourists. Lake Naroch undoubtedly is the most precious object of natural park, its area is 80 km ². Good environmental conditions favor the development of infrastructure and various forms of tourism.
 
Nature lovers will find plenty of attractions for everyone: hunting, fishing, eco-tour routes, including ornithological. The most beautiful trails run through the wooded hills and plains between the unique ecosystem of the lakes.
 
Tourism supporters of discovery will be able to focus on the legacy of the historical, cultural and natural land of Naroch land, the rural and religious architecture (Christian churches XVII-XX centuries, the surrounding villages), "touch" authentic rural life in Belarus. The differentiated offering 14 routes, including 7 in the park.
 
National Park Narochansky  also offers health tourism. Wellness program aims to improve health, strengthen the body, renew strength. 12 sanatoriums, boarding houses, tourist destinations are at your disposal. Suitable climate, mineral springs, excellent therapeutic and prophylactic procedures here attract 60,000 visitors a year.

"Berezinsky" Biosphere ReservePRICEPHOTOS /
 
Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 85,149 hectares of forest, marsh, lake and river systems in Belarus, 150km north of Minsk. It was established in 1925 when a solitary population of beaver, thought to be extinct in Belarus was discovered and it was given protection by the Council of People’s Commissars, making this the first state game reserve in the Belarussian Soviet Socialist Republic.
 
The long term protection of the reserve has resulted in a special biodiversity. It plays host to mammals such as brown bear, lynx, wolf, otter, beaver and elk, and since its re-introduction in 1974, a herd of European bison, whilst 230 species of bird have been recorded including wood-grouse, black-grouse and capercaille.
 
In 1979 Berezinsky was awarded the status of Biosphere Reserve, and in 1995 it was awarded the Diploma of the Council of Europe, which was subsequently renewed in 2000 and 2005. Today the reserve is a fully fledged nature protecting scientific research establishment with a staff of scientists, and can also offer customized wildlife tours or hunting tours.

National park "Braslav lakes"
                                              
The Braslav National Park is a unique place. It is the place for passive and active recreation, tourism, fishing and hunting. A number of lakes and pine forest maintain the air amazingly pure. The pine forest is within the Braslav city limits. Its northern part drowns in the pine forest and is located on the lake shore. The administration of the National Park is situated in Lesnichevka among the pine trees.
 
About 18-29 thousand years ago the Braslav district was covered with vast ice fields, the thickness of which fluctuated from several dozens to several hundreds meters. The warming, which came afterwards brought along slow ice melting and its movement further to the north. As a result of the complicated process, which accompany the melting of such a huge amount of ice, the characteristic features of the nature of Poozerye with its hilly relief and lakes have shaped. Their concentration at certain relatively small territories is sometimes simply unique. In the North-West of the Republic of Belarus one of the most picturesque lake group of Belorussian Poozerye - the Braslav lakes- is located. An amazing lace comprising 30 big and small lake connected between each other spread out at the area of 114 sq. km. The biggest lakes are Drivyaty, Snudy, Strusto, Voiso, Volosovo, Nedrovo, Nespish, Berezhe. This group of lakes made up the core of the Braslav Lakes National Park, which was set up in September 1995.
 
The territory oа the National Park is separate and it is in Braslav administrative district near the border with Lithuania. In the north it is adjacent to Belorussian-Latvian border. The entire territory of the park stretches in the north-eastern direction. In this direction it is 55 km long and in width it is between 5 to 29 km. Total area of the park is 69.1 thousand hectares. The southern part of the park is represented by lowlands covered with forests. The major part of the area is occupied by different types of bogs. One can encounter several beautiful forest lakes. Here you can find the lake Boginskoye - one of the most beautiful in in Braskav area. The forests here belong to coniferous-deciduous group and occupy 31 thousands hectares. One can distinguish the following woodlands: Borunsky, Belmont, Boguinsky, Druiskaya Dacha. Pine-woods and fir-woods are widely spread.
 
The pine-woods of the Braslav uplands are the most beautiful. The typical representatives of the forest habitat are elk, bore, roe, squirrel, brown and white hare, fox, raccoon, wolf, marten, otter, mink. Out of the rare species, which are entered in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Belarus, the habitat of badger, lynx, bear are noticed. Out of the water-fowl you can distinguish the swans. This beautiful bird was practically ousted by people but now it inhabits the Braslav lakes.
 
Out of the rare species you can meet a black stork, grey crane, silver seagull, willow grouse, dunlin, etc. The lakes of Braslav are rich with different kinds of fish. Pike perch, bream, white bait, tench, whitefish are widely spread. Eel is of especial value.

National park " Belavezha Forest"   
 
Belavezha Forest - one of the most successful national parks in the world.
It is a forest complex located in the Polish and Belarus, which is characterized by high natural values and historical. The Belavezha Forest survived the last fragments of a primary forest. Here lives the largest population of free bison in the world.
Is a rich and varied flora and fauna Forest.
 
Last but not least is the unique historical and cultural heritage of the Belavezha Forest. Since time immemorial, Lithuanian princes, Polish kings and Russian tsars were hunting here and cared about the area, as there were excellent opportunities for hunting. This allowed not only to preserve the natural environment of the truly great forest, but also the many sights providing a rich historical past Forest.
 
Among them are especially prized monuments of pagan culture. These are mounds of-grave-stones of the altars, as well as the cruising hollow oak that was used to heal the sick. The later remains of material culture are preserved burials of different historical periods - witness all the wars and invasions that have passed through the Forest (Swedish war, the war with Napoleon, the First and Second World Wars).
 
To date, there are roads, arranged to pass the Russian emperors. Iron railings on the pavement you can see the coat of arms of the Romanov dynasty, already renovated our days. Near the house of Polish magnates Tyszkiewicz can see the remains of a monument to Tadeusz  Tyszkiewicz, who once fought for Polish independence.
 
Attraction of the forest has become a built in recent years, the seat of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost (the equivalent of St. Nicholas) - a favorite place of children and adults during the winter holidays.
 
Belavezha Forest offers a robust infrastructure: there are four hotels, a restaurant, a few cafes, a swimming pool, gym, sauna, equipment rental. Provide an unforgettable experience walking paths ecological tour of the forest, ride a bike.
 
It all attracts many tourists, of which everyone will find something of attractive and interesting.

 Yelnya wildlife reserve PRICEPHOTOS /
 
The national wildlife/landscape reserve Yelnya is the largest and one of the most outstanding conservation sites. It is home to one of the largest lake and wetland areas in Belarus and in Europe. There are around 100 lakes, of which Lakes Yelna and Chornaye are some of the largest. The other lakes are also remarkable for their size and beauty.
 
As a wetland area, Yelnya is a natural chronicle of sorts. In fact, it is one of the oldest natural sites in Belarus -its origin goes back to the ice age. Human activity has had very minor impact on its development, which has made possible the survival of many unique plant and animal species.

As a wildlife reserve of national significance, Yelnya is an important element in the national network of conservation areas. It was established in 1968 to conserve one of Europe's largest high bogs and its biodiversity. Recently, the site's significance to nature conservation received international recognition.
 
Yelnya  became a Ramsar site and an important bird area in 2002, and an internationally significant plant diversity site in 2005. Yelnya is designated as a national core site within the network of conservation areas system designed by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Most of Yelnya's territory (75.2%) is designated a protected wetland habitat of European significance pursuant to the EU Habitat Directive (92/43/EEC). This serves as clear evidence of the wildlife reserve’s role in protecting Europe's biodiversity.
     

"Pripyatsky" landscape hydrological reserve
                                              
In the south of Belarus in the middle of a vast plain of Poleska is interesting geographical area - Prypiackaje Polesie, occupying an area on both sides of the river in the middle Prypiac its course. This area is characterized by a high mud terrain, which is practically untamed, so that natural areas are not exposed to the influence of civilization.
 
Prypiackaje Polesie is rich on contrasts. In estuary of riwer  Stviga and Pripyat, is the richest historical and cultural area in Belarus - Turovshchyna, populated as early as 5-8 millennia BC. Ancient forests and wetlands have not survived to this day, have been converted into agricultural areas. In the southern and south-western borders Turowszczyzna densely populated with nearly pristine National Park Prypiacki for the forests and swamps of today are rare settlement of Poleshuk’s.
 
You can explore the historic-archaeological and cultural life of the local population, immerse yourself in the mysterious nature of the region.